There is an old saying that if you want to be happy, choose the biggest problem you can find and tackle it.
Here are three big problems – involving health, global development, environment – that remarkably haven’t been solved yet. Maybe you can assist?
Hospital infections are a $2 billion per year problem. We’ve tried high tech methods to encourage washing hands, surgical masks that kill pathogens, even germ-killing paint. Yet hospitals remain dangerous places, killing an estimated 440,000 people per year through errors, including infection. This seems like an problem which should be fixable.
Studies demonstrate that investing in nutrition is one of the most cost-effective ways to promote global development. Techniques include small scale food fortification, iron supplementation, and school-based deworming programs. Nutrition programs are relatively inexpensive. Why is there still malnutrition?
Most people drive on significantly under-inflated tires. This wastes fuel, harms the environment, and is unsafe. In the old days gas station attendants would check your tires. These days nobody does. Can we fix this problem?
Each of these problems impacts millions of people. They don’t seem complicated. Can we fix all three and be done with it?